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Issue 31 2015/2016

The Research & Education Foundation Sligo University Hospital Research & Education


Sligo University Hospital


16th Annual Research Conference November 2015 The Annual Multidisciplinary Conference, held on November 27th 2015, was a resounding success. The attendance, of up to 200, consisted of a broad range of disciplines within and without the hospital and included our colleagues from IT Sligo and NUIG. The conference was opened by Sligo University Hospital manager, Ms Grainne McCann, who commented on the longevity of the conference, the work done and services provided by the Research & Education Foundation and complimented the people who work behind the scenes to make it work so well. She then announced the recipients of the seed grants awarded by the Research & Education Foundation.

Prof. Joe Keane TCD; Prof. Tom Fahey RCSI; Grainne McCann SUH, Vincent Cunnane IT Sligo; John Williams SUH at the Research Conference at Sligo University Hospital Sponsors:

Research Seed Grant Awards 2015 The Research & Education Foundation in association with SUH have awarded the following Research Seed Grants in November 2015: Carmel Silke: Rheumatology Unit OLHM Body Composition analysis as a means of addressing injury prevention in GAA footballers Emmeline Gillan: HSE Psychology Services Complicated grief or challenging behaviour? A retrospective study of the effects of bereavement on people with intellectual disabilities

Stephen Daly: School of Science IT Sligo Rapid flow multi-analyte flow immunoassay for the early diagnosis of acute kidney injury Bernie McGowan: Rheumatology Unit OLHM A study of the secular trends of hip fracture incidence in Ireland between 2000 and 2014 and the concomitant change in the prescribing patterns of anti-osteoporosis medications within this time period Roisin Lennon: Women & Children Directorate SUH Nurse / midwife prescribing: a satisfying or frustrating extended scope of practice?

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16th Annual Research Conference at SUH Oonagh McDermott and Roisin Lennon, Women and Children Directorate SUH at the Research conference at SUH

Perry Share, Vincent Cunnane and Aoife Gallagher, IT Sligo at the Research Conference at SUH

Naoimh Fox, HSE Community Health Organisation, Sligo Leitrim with her poster on Social Prescribing

Poster Prize Winners: 1st Prize Foundation Category: Karl Milnes, ICU SUH The affect of admission time on mortality in Sligo Regional Hospital Intensive Care Unit 2nd Prize Foundation Category: Marcus Colon, ITS Glutathione Redox balance during endurance training Highly Commended: Caithlin Stenson and Bernie McGowan Prizes sponsored by R&E Foundation 1st Prize NCHD/Med Student Category: Stephen Gilmartin ED SUH Comparing patient tolerance of lower limb intermittent compression devices following major oethopaedic surgery 2nd Prize NCHD/Student Category: Luqman Helmi Mental Health Service SUH Implementation of Outcome Measurement (HoNOS) in an Outpatient Psychiatric Clinic in Sligo Mental Health Services Highly Commended: Ahmed Al Maksoud Surgical Department SUH Prizes sponsored by Medical Board SUH

Eating Disorders Services Development Programme A team for the Management of Really Sick Patients with Anorexia Nervosa (MARSIPAN) has been established in Sligo/Leitrim. MARSIPAN team members provide training to a wide audience: the general public, healthcare professionals working in the area of Mental Health, and those managing eating disorders in acute and primary care areas. The team consists of: Dr. Edmond O’Mahoney, Consultant Psychiatrist; Ms Mary Harron, Eating Disorders Practitioner; Dr. Catherine McHugh, Consultant Endocrinologist and Ms Patricia O’Connor, Senior Dietician at Sligo University Hospital. Eating disorders have the highest rate of morbidity and mortality of any mental illness. To improve outcomes for patients / clients and their families and to meet the need for ongoing professional development a training programme has been developed. This addresses the physical,

psychological and social complications associated with eating disorders; policies, procedures and best practice guidelines and service provision. The programme will be delivered by the MARSIPAN team and is targeted towards nurses and other health professionals working in primary, community and acute care settings to increase awareness, knowledge and skills in the management of eating disorders. Providing training in the evidenced based early intervention services alongside evidence based acute eating disorder programmes has been identified as a key element in increasing awareness and improving outcomes for those affected by eating disorders. A recent Eating Disorders information evening, hosted by the Research & Education Foundation, in the Clarion Hotel in Sligo was attended by both health professionals

and the general public. Other planned events for the coming year include: a workshop for health professionals in the CNME Sligo on 23rd February and in the CNME, Mayo in June 2016. Dr Ed O’Mahoney says: “The MAR-

SIPAN approach to treatment of the most severely unwell patients with life-threatening eating disorders is a very welcome development in Sligo over the past year or so. We can now treat this high risk group of patients with the best possible care, in line with international best practice. It represents a further development of the already enhanced service to those people with Eating Disorders in the Northwest” The team plans to arrange further events in collaboration with the Research and Education Foundation and other organisations during 2016.

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Sligo Medical Academy Update Library News Graduates of the Sligo Medical Academy 2015

This has been a very exciting year for Sligo Academy with the completion of our new build on level 7 and 8 of the hospital. The students are delighted to have their own study and learning area and are making good use of it. We hosted the fourth med clinical exams or OSCES in Sligo for the first time in 2015 and will be holding them again in the new academy (women and children's health) and St Angela's clinical skills lab (primary care and mental health) on 26th February 2016 and again 22nd April 2016. We are also hosting the final med long cases in Sligo on April 29th 2016. This is a big development for Sligo as an exam centre.

We were successful with Health Research Board and Wellcome Trust Summer Studentship grants with Isabella Gresswell presenting at the Research and Education Foundation’s Annual Research Conference in November 2015 and Luqman Helmi winning a prize for his poster on outcomes in Psychiatry. Dr Leo Varadkar, Minister for Health opened the Medical Academy Facility at Sligo University Hospital officially on February 12th 2016 and he posted some lovely pictures with the students and the view from level 8, on Twitter. They were very impressed! Thanks to all for their ongoing

January 2016 Library Week In September 2015 we held a series of events and competitions for all staff with a variety of prizes sponsored by our suppliers. The highlight of the week was the launch of Catherine’s Corner, a collection of books for leisure time reading available to all staff in the Hospital. The collection was named in memory of Catherine Breslin, who worked in the Library for many years and who died in 2013. We have registered the collection with the Little Free library organisation, an international body that seeks to promote reading in communities. The idea of the collection is that people borrow a book and replace it with another one. We had a huge number of donations of books to get the collection started and we hope that all hospital staff will enjoy this addition to the Library.

New for 2016: Dynamed Plus We have just purchased Dynamed Plus as our point of care tool, following a period of trial access and feedback from staff. Dynamed Plus aims to provide answers to clinical questions quickly and easily and provides overviews and recommendations, as well as detailed information, on thousands of topics including emergency medicine, cardiology, oncology, paediatrics and many more. An app is available free of charge for mobile devices and details of how to download this can be obtained from the Library. Dynamed Plus can be accessed via hselibrary.ie/ northwest

support of the academy. 2007 Research Seed Grant Awards Dr Eoin has returned cont from O'Suilleabhain page 1 from his travels and we thank Dr Orla Gordon for all her help over the past 18 months.

Dr Ger McCarthy Dean

Congratulations to Dr Zachary Johnson and Dr Cassie McVeigh on the birth of their baby Finian.

Personnel Change At the end of January 2015 Sally Browne assumed the temporary position of Executive Secretary with the Foundation. Mette’s time away from this position is now coming to a close and from March 1st she will resume her position as Executive Secretary. Thank you to all who have helped this year and welcome back Mette! Sally

Please do not hesitate to contact the Library on 071 91 74604 or sgh.library@hse.ie if you require further information or assistance.

Many thanks to our sponsors without whom the Foundation could not function

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Some Snapshots 2015

News Bites Thank you

Emmeline Gillan, HSE Psychology Services with her poster on ‘Loss, Change, Bereavement’ at the Research Day

Thank you to all who have contributed towards the Research & Education Foundation throughout the year and to those who have contributed the tax deductions which would otherwise be subsumed into the national coffers. Happenings Through the Year

Lisa Cunningham ED SUH with her poster. Lisa's presentation on the day was on ‘The use of US in diagnosing DVT in the ED’

▪ The annual Men’s Health event was held in the Clarion Hotel on 17/06/2015 and hosted talks by: Drs Michael Crean and Geraldine McCarthy, and Mr Shane Hayes, Sligo Sports Partnership. Checks on healthy respiratory function and BMI were facilitated by volunteers from the nursing staff at SUH whist Roche Diagnostics donated time, personnel and kits for cholesterol and glucose checks. ▪ SUH hosted a lecture on Mangement of Atrial Fibrillation by Dr Noel Boyle UCLA in July 2015

Professor Vincent Cunnane President of IT Sligo with members of the IT staff at the Research Day at SUH

▪ The Masterclass series from the RCPI continues to be facilitated by the REF ▪ A public lecture on Eating Disorders drew attention from GPs, nurses, parents and interested parties

At the close the Conference was addressed by Professor Vincent Cunnane, President of IT Sligo who thanked the REF for a most informative and enjoyable day. He emphasised the importance of strong links between establishments such as Sligo University Hospital and the Institute of Technology to ensure best use of space, personnel, knowledge and instrumentation for the common good.

▪ The REF will conduct a strategy review in the coming months. Your views and comments will be most welcome to determine how to forge ahead in the coming years

Contact Information Research & Education Foundation Level 6 Sligo Regional Hospital Ph: 071 917 4678 Fax: 071 917 4679 www.ref-sligo.ie ref.sligo@hse.ie

Chairman: Mr Pat Dolan Secretary: Dr. Seamus Healy Treasurer: Mr. Gerry McManus

Executive Officer: From March 1st 2016 Mette Jensen Kavanagh mette.jensen@hse.ie Ph: 071 917 1111 ext. 4204

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